Interview with Elizabeth Quinn

Published 2016-12-31.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was a junior in high school. Ever since my favorite season of my favorite TV show aired, I had nothing else on my mind but a certain storyline. A love triangle between a girl, the archangel Michael, and Lucifer set during the apocalypse. I've written countless versions of that storyline throughout the years, and with The Marked Ones series, I've finally got the version I love the most! And along the way, I've written a few different stories, one of which is The Spring Equinox.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I know it's very hard to get a book published in this day and age. One of my favorite authors is an indie author and she had pointed out that many writers are going this route. This way I can get a following of readers and work on my craft until I'm ready for the more traditional route!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's an escape. No matter what is going on in my personal life, I can always hop onto my laptop and escape to a world of my own creation for a short period of time. I can go to a place that I have complete control over. I love to be able to tell a story that people can fall into and forget their troubles for a short period of time!
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean everything to me. They're the ones that make this worth it!
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'd always had this dream of what would happen if one of my characters came to life. When I started writing this book, it was a pretty dark time in my life. I'd just gotten out of my first serious relationship- yes, I know, everything seems worse when you're younger- and I needed something to take my mind off of everything. My friends and I started watching True Blood and I felt the urge to write a story in the south. I was struggling with wanting to change my major, so I made Cassy- named after one of my best friends- an English major at the University of New Orleans working on a short story for her creative writing class. I started researching things that would make it possible for a character to come to life when I happened upon a Wiccan site about the spring equinox. The importance behind it is that spring brings new life and resurrection. I gave Cassy a Wiccan friend and that's how I came up with the idea for The Spring Equinox!
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on the sequel to The Spring Equinox, aka The Summer Solstice, as well as a brand new series known as The Marked Ones. Kaden's back and up to no good in The Summer Solstice, which readers can expect to see out in June, 2015. As for The Marked Ones, it will follow six different girls in six different books as they come to realize they're different than most girls. Born with special marks on their bodies, they'll come to find the world is much different than they ever could've imagined. Werewolves, vampires, witches, faeries, reapers, and angels are real, and they're much better looking than any of them could've imagined. Book one of The Marked Ones series, The Werewolf's Mark, will focus on Sophie Hamilton, a recent high school graduate as she meets Parker Samuels, soon to be Alpha of the werewolves in the Midwest, and Jackson Adams, Alpha of the Detroit werewolves. Expect to see this book available in late 2015!
Who are your favorite authors?
My absolute favorite author is Heather Killough-Walden. She is such an inspiration to me and I'm thankful to call her a friend. I also enjoy reading Laurel Hamilton, Keri Arthur, and Charlaine Harris.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I'm going to school, helping teach a self-defense class for women, reading, hanging out with my friends and family, and watching TV and movies!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
My dad got a Nook for his birthday one year and I would steal it to look for new books to read. When I noticed that I couldn't find half of them in the library, I realized they had to be eBooks. I started borrowing my dad's Nook more and more until I finally got one of my own to use. I found some of the best books on the Nook! I'm glad my dad got one.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Back in the third grade, my class had to write a short story. I remember being so excited to be able to make something up and get credit for it- to say that I used to be a very good liar when I was little is an understatement! I wrote about myself, my older brother, and our two neighborhood friends solving crimes that happened in our neighborhood. If I remember correctly, someone had made the trees in our neighborhood invisible and we had to figure out who did it and how to make the trees visible again... the mind of an eight year old, I tell you!
What is your writing process?
When I come up with an idea for a new story, I usually do a little bit of research into whatever it is that I want to write about, say... vampires. I'll research different lore, different powers and weaknesses they might have, and decide which ones I'll want to add to my story. I'll build the world for the story, set the rules for the creatures involved and usually come up with descriptions and names for each major character. I have two good friends that I'll consult about certain ideas and characters, and once we all agree on something, I'll begin writing! When I'm actually working on the story, I usually either listen to certain music- for some reason, I find The Phantom of the Opera to be very helpful- or just write in silence. I also find that writing at night is usually better for me than writing in the day.
How do you approach cover design?
Designing a cover is one of the hardest parts for me, right after giving my book a title. I usually want to have the cover show something that relates to the story. For example, I have a flower as the cover for The Spring Equinox. To me, flowers are an important part of springtime. It's something that everyone thinks of when they think of spring. For my new series, The Marked Ones, I have the covers as the cities each story takes place in, as well as the mark of each girl on the cover as well. Designing covers can definitely be fun once you know what you want to do!
What do you read for pleasure?
Not too surprising, but I read paranormal romances for fun. It's such a wonderful escape to read about a world that isn't real. One that has different problems than our own. I have a close friend that loves non-fiction books, but I don't find the point of them. I'm sure they're great, but for me, reading- as well as writing- is an escape. I'd much rather lose myself in a world that's much different than mine!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I own a Nook, but I have both the Kindle and Nook apps on my phone. I use both, but I definitely prefer the Nook!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social media is the best way to get the word out about anything. I have both a Facebook page and a Twitter page that I use for getting the word out about my books.
Describe your desk
My bed is my desk! I'm not kidding. I usually write on my bed. Or on my couch- though how much writing actually gets done there, I don't know. But I find that most of my ideas come to me when I'm sitting on my bed, so that's where I do my work.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My job! I work at my school and I help teach the self defense class for women. It's a wonderful experience to be able to help women learn how to defend themselves. I absolutely love it!
Name three favorite movies. Why?
Scream 2- it was my first horror movie (I was seven or eight when I first saw it) and it just stuck with me. I know the words to the whole movie. It's quite sad...
Fright Night (the remake)- I love the action and the thrill in this movie. Colin Farrell is an amazing bad guy and he makes a sexy vampire (hence the other reason why I like this movie- I'M A PARANORMAL ROMANCE AUTHOR!). ;)
The Avengers- honestly, I just love anything that Joss Whedon does. That man is a god. The action, the one-liners... it just kicks ass.
Are you a morning or night person?
I'm definitely a night person. All of my inspiration for writing comes to me at night. I'm not a fan of the dark- I blame this on the fact that I used to watch Dracula movies when I was a young child- but most of my writing happens at night.
What are your pet peeves or interesting things about you that you dislike?
I have two big pet peeves. If I tell you I can't or won't do something, I expect you to accept that and move on. I hate it when friends or anyone tries to convince me to do it anyway. My other one is when my friends judge me for the things I do that they don't approve of. For example: one of my close friends is against drinking (alcohol). I'm 21 and legal, but that doesn't stop her from giving me dirty looks whenever I mention drinking. I understand her reasoning for not drinking, and I support her and don't judge her in that... I just wish she'd do the same for me.

Something interesting that I don't like about myself would be the oh-so lovely scar that I have going through my right eyebrow. I got it when I was 16 at a softball game. I was playing second base and the girl who was normally our pitcher was playing shortstop. She was about four feet away from me (which is underhand distance) and she chucked the ball overhand towards me to try and get a runner out- even though I'd told her to forget it since she was pretty much on second already. The ball tipped off my glove and hit me in the face, knocking my sunglasses up and forcing them into my brow. I ended up getting about seven stitches. Since the scar goes right through my brow, the hair won't grow back in certain spots and it's noticeable. Well... it's noticeable to me.
Are you spring, summer, fall, or winter? Please share why.
I'm definitely a fall person. Fall is the absolute BEST season. I love the colors and the cooler temperatures. I love being able to wear jeans and a sweater and boots! Fall is also when all of my shows start up again, so that's a plus. But most importantly, October is my favorite month. I LOVE Halloween. I love the feel in the air when it's October. It's a spooky, magical time, and I love it!
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Books by This Author

The Spring Equinox
Series: The Cassy Johnson Series. Price: Free! Words: 58,840. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » General
An inspiring author's character comes to life and starts causing trouble as he tries to steal the author's heart... and destroy her town.